Five More Cardinals Sunday Transactions

The activation of St. Louis starting pitcher Jaime Garcia leads off a series of Sunday moves in the system.

A day after the St. Louis Cardinals initiated six transactions, the organization announced at least five more on Sunday. (See addendum below.)

Rather than post individual hot news items, the latest transactions are included together below. They are listed in sequence from highest level of play to lowest. The five moves stretch all the way from St. Louis to short-season State College.

They are as follows:

St. Louis P Jaime Garcia: Ready to Start

The St. Louis Cardinals announced that left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia has been activated from the 15-day disabled list. The 27-year-old made a pair of injury rehabilitation starts totaling seven innings pitched on May 4 for Springfield (Double-A) and May 12 for Memphis (Triple-A).

Sunday will Mark Garcia's first appearance in the majors since May 17, 2013. It will be his 100th Major League outing and his 91st game started.

Over his career, Garcia is 39-25 with a 3.45 ERA. He was 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA in nine starts in 2013 before requiring season-ending surgery in late May to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff.

Memphis P Jorge Rondon: Remains an Insurance Policy

With the activation of left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia off the 15-day disabled list to start Sunday's game for the St. Louis Cardinals, a roster spot had to be cleared. Reliever Jorge Rondon was returned to Triple-A Memphis in the corresponding move.

His second stint with St. Louis, in his career and in 2014, began on May 13. This time, just like in the previous three-day stint, the 25-year-old was not called upon to pitch.

In anticipation of Garcia's activation, the Redbirds had been running one pitcher short. Therefore no other roster moves were required.

Springfield C Jonathan Keener: Done Deal

With the addition of pitcher Mitch Harris from Palm Beach on Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals had to clear a roster spot at Double-A Springfield. The move was the release of catcher Jonathan Keener.

Keener began the season on the disabled list and was activated by the Texas League club on May 4. Serving as the third catcher behind Cody Stanley and Travis Tartamella, the 24-year-old had just four plate appearances with one hit since his activation.

Keener had missed much of 2013 due to injury and was the Cardinals' 32nd round draft pick in 2011. The right-handed hitter finishes his four-year stint in the organization with a line of .230/.261/.320/.581.

Peoria P Jhonny Polanco: Jhonny, We Hardly Knew Ye

Peoria Chiefs right-hander Jhonny Polanco saved his best for last, performing admirably on Saturday night in what became his final appearance for the Midwest League club – at least for now. The 22-year-old has been transferred to the Cardinals instructional league and placed on the roster of short-season State College.

Appearing in relief of starter Michael Holback, Polanco came on with a runner on with two outs in the fourth and tossed 3 1/3 innings of one-hit, scoreless ball. Overall, he had a 6.75 ERA in six appearances since joining the Chiefs from EST on April 28.

State College P Jeff Rauh: Next in the Barrel

With the return of Jhonny Polanco to Cardinals extended spring training camp, the Peoria Chiefs needed a new reliever. That is right-hander Jeff Rauh, assigned to the Midwest League club on Sunday.

In 23 appearances with State College last season, the 24-year-old posted a 4.05 ERA. Rauh struck out 28, but issued 17 free passes in 26 2/3 Midwest League innings.

Update: Make it six! I should have known better than to use a number in the title.

Memphis P Jose Almarante: Shelved

The Redbirds are not yet at full strength, after all, having placed right-handed reliever Jose Almarante on the disabled list on Sunday. This move is retroactive to May 17.

Ironically, the best outing of the year for the 25-year-old was his most recent. On the 16th, Almarante picked up his first Triple-A save after throwing three scoreless innings against Omaha on just one hit. For the season, the Haitian native has a 3.48 ERA in 13 appearances. His strikeout to walk ratio is 22 to 10 in 20 2/3 Pacific Coast League frames.

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